Courtesy Krista Gallagher and Kris Schoels
The Grilled Old Hickory Burger
The Grilled Old Hickory Burger is a favorite at the Fighting Gobbler Sports Lounge inside Virginia Tech’s West End Market.
This is Krista’s husband’s favorite dish - and the one that he still orders every time he visits Blacksburg. (Recipe courtesy of "A Taste of Virginia Tech")
- 2 pounds ground beef chuck, formed into 6 patties
- 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
- 6 slices ham
- 6 Kaiser rolls, sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 slices American cheese
- 12 slices cooked bacon
- ¾ cup barbeque sauce
- 6 leaves green lettuce
- 1 large tomato, sliced 1/8 inch thick
- 3 ounces sliced red onion
- 4 ½ ounces dill pickle chips
Preheat the broiler and preheat a grill or grill pan. Season both sides of hamburger patties with the steak seasoning. Cook hamburgers to an internal temperature of 155°F. Place the ham slices on the grill and cook for a couple minutes on both sides. Meanwhile, brush the inside of the buns with the melted butter and toast under the broiler until golden brown.
To assemble: Place a slice of cheese on each burger, then a grilled ham slice. Top with the bacon and transfer to the bottom half of the Kaiser roll. Spoon a couple tablespoons of the barbeque sauce over each burger. Place the lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle chips over the sauce and finish by placing the top toasted roll.